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Amazing vintage find!

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Amazing vintage find!

Postby stratpack » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:16 pm

I just wanted to share with you folks something amazing that happened last week to me. :D

Last Thursday I got a text from my mate Andy at work:-
"My brother is renovating a flat and has found star wars figures in original packaging, photos to follow"

Obviously the kind of message we all want to get. :o

Anyway after a lot of messaging back and forth back on Whatsapp turns out his brothers girlfriend owns a flat in Dumfries, in which stayed a long term tenant. The tenant being an old boy who 'collected stuff'. After many years the old boy passed away and eventually they got round to doing the flat up. His brother found bags of various things but recognised one bag as being SW figures.

A picture still hadn't turned up by this point. In my mind I figured it would be modern stuff, POTF2 at the most maybe. Then this picture arrived...













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I almost died.

After more rapid whatsapp's back and forth he was bringing them back home for me to look at. His brother had found them in a plastic bag in the eves of the flat. 9 figures, all carded. Apparently there was bags of 'stuff' taken to the charity shop - god knows what was in them, I never found out!! His brother only recognised the SW logos.

2 days I had to wait before Andy and his wife returned home and I could go and look a them, all the time trying to figure out what I should offer and how I was going to pay for them should they take on offer! I explained about each of the figures and a brief history of the line and where these ones fit in. The bubbles are not perfect and by no means are any of these cards mint.

I explained that individually they could be worth a fair bit. I tentatively made an initial offer - which they refused! They made me a counter offer which was much lower! He phoned his brother and decided they'd met me half way. I got these figs for a fraction of what they might have got elsewhere but knowing my love for SW they just wanted me to have them. They planned to give the money to charity (Alzheimers) and just wanted a donation for them. I was absolutely flabbergasted!

These won't be getting flipped or the like, I don't have any of these figures carded in any form and I certainly don't have an ESB Palitoy!! They will be getting cleaned up and put in acrylic cases and on my shelf. I'm so chuffed. :D A big thank you to Andy and his wife (even though they'll never read this!)

This sort of thing never happens to me and is only the kind of thing I've read here on the forum. It just shows you there is still stuff out there!

Ricky

PS. Shout out to my mate Stevie (Nita Nitro on here) I was on the phone for half an hour with him buzzing on adrenaline after picking these up! :lol:


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...and one has a John Menzies stickerwhich has been on my wants list for yonks!! 8)
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Battle-damage stickers should be peelable!


My feedback thread:-
http://www.starwarsforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=22986

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby Nita Nitro » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:25 pm

Cheers matey :wink: it’s a fantastic story, and a great find. I was buzzing just hearing about it :D
You weren't on any mercy mission this time, Your Highness.

Feedback thread: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=29577&hilit=Nita+nitro

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby lejackal » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:29 pm

That Yoda might be rough but WOW
The rest aren’t too shabby either, congrats!

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby poncho » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:36 pm

Amazing :o

Great story

Great find :D

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby Darth Bobby » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:38 pm

Wow amazing!

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby Mini99 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:39 pm

Amazing good fortune, congratulations.

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby TK-7785 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:45 pm

I'm chuffed for you! These are the kind of finds/stories that give a real buzz. Congratulations!
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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby Clarkspie&chips » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:58 pm

What a wonderful story, we all dream of the day we get that phone call!

I most of those cardbacks can be sorted out with a few weeks under some heavy books and then they’ll pop in some of Christians cases

Congratulations

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby Snaketibe » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:30 pm

Many congratulations, and thanks for sharing the story :-)

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby tigerham » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:47 pm

What a great story and thank you for sharing. Congratulations on a great pick up. :)

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby Pulsar » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:11 am

I'm reyt jealous but in a good way 8)
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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby SublevelStudios » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:14 am

Great story - love wild finds like this, and it proves it's still out there!

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby Cardbackkid » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:12 am

Amazing ! Congrats :)

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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby Michael Sith » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:55 am

Great find, super story backing it up, aside from the fantastic pieces of SW you have, the unselfish dealings by the people selling them and gifting to such a worthy cause and your dealings of openness with them.
Congratulations on the find, and thanks for posting up such a feelgood story.
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Re: Amazing vintage find!

Postby chrisfnx » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:02 am

Very nice, great to hear, cheers for telling us all!


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